Canning Half Tide Dock

Canning Half Tide Dock on the River Mersey, in Liverpool, England, is a half tide dock and is part of the Port of Liverpool. It is situated in the southern dock system, connected to Canning Dock to the east and Albert Dock to the south.

Canning Half Tide Dock
Liverpool's "Three Graces" from Canning Half-tide Dock - - 1147384.jpg
Looking towards the Pier Head across the dock
LocationLiverpool, United Kingdom
Coordinates53°24′06″N 2°59′37″W / 53.4018°N 2.9937°W / 53.4018; -2.9937Coordinates: 53°24′06″N 2°59′37″W / 53.4018°N 2.9937°W / 53.4018; -2.9937
OS gridSJ340899
OwnerCanal & River Trust[1]
TypeHalf tide dock
Area2 acres (0.81 ha), 2,689 sq yd (2,248 m2)[2]
Width at entrance45 ft (14 m)[3]
Quay length429 yd (392 m)[3]


British Empire Dockyards and Ports, 1909

The dock was originally the site of the Gut, the entrance to the Dry Dock which was later to become Canning Dock.[4] Canning Half Tide Dock was built by Jesse Hartley between 1842 and 1844, also opening in 1844.[4][5]

Originally having two 45 ft (14 m) lock entrances to the Mersey,[4] the north gates were sealed with a concrete dam in 1937.[citation needed] The south gates are modified to accommodate a valve to admit river water. To the outside of the river entrances are two granite octagonal gatemen's shelters, also designed by Hartley.[4] An island built of masonry, which has its own lighthouse, separates the river entrances.[4]

Canning Half Tide Dock.

Adjacent to the dock is the Pilotage Building, which opened in 1883[4] to manage the river's pilot boats. The building was converted in 1980 by the Building Design Partnership for use as a museum.[4] Both this building and the dock itself are now part of Merseyside Maritime Museum.


  1. ^ "Liverpool Canal Link Skipper's Guide" (PDF). Canal & River Trust. August 2015. p. 2. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  2. ^ Baines 1859, Part II, p. 98
  3. ^ a b Baines 1859, Part II, p. 116
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Pevsner & Pollard 2006, p. 271
  5. ^ Ashmore 1982, p. 162


Further readingEdit

  • Moss, Linda; Stammers, Michael (1980). Foster, Richard (ed.). Liverpool's South Docks. Part 1. Mann Island — Wapping Basin. Merseyside County Museums. pp. 37–47. ISBN 9780906367087. OCLC 9918913.

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